On Sunday afternoon, the City of Hickory asked citizens to stay off the roads, if at all possible.
Hickory Fire Department has performed 12 water rescues since Friday, according to a release from the city. With more rain in the forecast, Catawba County Emergency Management requested additional swift water rescue resources to be deployed to the City of Hickory. Mooresville Fire and Rescue deployed seven swift water rescue technicians, a battalion chief, and three boats to Hickory. Burke County Search and Rescue has deployed three swift water rescue technicians and one boat, the release stated.
The City of Hickory experienced multiple waterline breaks due to the storm, and some consumers in the City of Hickory service area may be experiencing isolated water and sewer service interruptions. City crews are working to restore service as quickly as safely possible, the city noted in a release. Service may not be restored in some affected areas until water levels recede enough to allow crews to safely access infrastructure damage and make necessary repairs.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, there were no water advisories posted for City of Hickory water consumers. Some users may experience water discoloration due to a significant increase in demand from broken mains and water flowing faster in those mains to the affected areas, the release said.